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Where did the English Wiscombe family come from? What is the English Wiscombe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wiscombe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wiscombe family history?

The name Wiscombe came to England with the ancestors of the Wiscombe family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wiscombe family lived in Berkshire, at Windsor Castle.

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Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Windsor, Winsor, Winzer, Winser, Wincer and others.

First found in Berkshire, where they were descended from William FitzOtho, who was son of Adalbert the second Duke of Lombardy. This Walter was given Windsor Castle by William, Duke of Normandy. His son, William Fitzwalter assumed the surname of the Castle.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiscombe research. Another 244 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1360, 1381, 1445, 1467, 1513, 1541, 1543, and 1624 are included under the topic Early Wiscombe History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 36 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wiscombe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Wiscombe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Wiscombe or a variant listed above: Robert Windsor, who came to Boston in 1631; Joshua Windsor, who arrived in Providence, Rhode Island in 1638; Marthah Windsor, who came to Nevis in 1660.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Je me fie en Dieu
Motto Translation: I trust in God.

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The Wiscombe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wiscombe Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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